Mother takes SCP fight to the top
A mother from Dorset has written to David Cameron urging the Government to intervene in the SCP (School Crossing Patrol) service cuts taking places across the country.
In Dorset, the cuts are among measures agreed by the conservative run council to help save £27m in 2011/12. Helen Toft, from Weymouth, has been campaigning against the SCP service cuts since they were announced.
Local Dorset MPs Annette Brooke and Richard Drax took up Ms Toft’s campaign and raised it with Norman Baker, under secretary of state for transport, at an adjournment debate in March. Despite Mr Baker labelling their argument ‘important’ and ‘persuasive’, he added that responsibility for funding lay with local authorities and there was nothing he could do.
At the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety the prime minister said he was “adding my voice to all those across the world who are coming together in support of the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety”.
In her letter to David Cameron, Ms Toft said: “I presume that you agree with everything this world wide campaign is trying to achieve? Therefore, in order not to just pay lip service to promises of improving road safety in the UK, the Government must take back from local authorities the responsibility for keeping our children safe on their way to and from schools each day.
“You cannot be part of a global campaign for road safety and sit back and let these cuts take place and our own children’s lives be put in danger.”
Click here to read Helen Toft’s blog.